Thursday cyber surfing: The draft, and QBs

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Feb. 16:

NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock addressed this year’s draft class in a lengthy conference call on Wednesday and here at Seahawks.com we focus on the passers that quarterback-needy teams will be focusing on at the NFL Scouting Combine next week: Mayock on Boise State’s Kellen Moore: “He looks like he’s 11-years old. He’s this baby-faced assassin. What I think he does better than any other quarterback in the entire draft is he anticipates throws to receivers who are open. And that’s something a lot of quarterbacks don’t get until their fourth or fifth year in the NFL. Part of it is because he doesn’t have a big arm. He’s had to adapt probably since grade school in learning how to throw people open. He won’t get drafted high. But he’s a winner and his anticipation skills at that position are tremendous.”

Eric Williams at the News Tribune also was on the call, and provides Mayock’s assessment of Tarvaris Jackson, the Seahawks’ incumbent starter, as well as Ryan Tannehill, Mayock’s No. 3-rated college QB behind Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III. Mayock on Jackson: ““I like him. He’s developed to a certain point, but I think that position needs to be upgraded. And I don’t mind T-Jack competing for the position, but I think you either have to get a free agent in there or you have to draft somebody.” Mayock on Tannehill: “He’s got everything you want. He’s got size. He’s got arm strength. He’s a really good athlete. All you have to do is look at his tape as a wide receiver two years ago. He’s a big, strong fast kick with a really good arm. Now, what I don’t like about him is that he waits for routes to develop before he throws the football – in other words he lacks anticipation.”

 
Speaking of Tannehill, Rob Rang and Dane Brugler of NFLDraftScout.com debate his merits – and status – in this piece for CBSSports.com: Says Rang: “There are four primary physical characteristics NFL scouts are looking for when projecting college QBs to the next level: size, arm strength, accuracy and mobility. Tannehill could earn first-round grades from clubs in all four categories, making him the logical third quarterback to be selected. He may have a stronger arm than Luck, the presumed No. 1 overall pick, and at 6-feet-4, 222 pounds, he’s far closer to the prototype frame than the 6-2, 220-pound Griffin. It is a fifth trait in which Tannehill rates significantly below Luck and Griffin. This makes him a high-stakes gamble for the first round. That fifth skill is anticipation, the most underrated element to forecasting quarterback success in the NFL.”

Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times explains that the Seahawks won’t have their fifth-round pick in this year’s draft as part of the trade for Marshawn Lynch in 2010: “The Seahawks gave up their fourth-round pick in 2011, and Buffalo will also receive Seattle’s fifth-round pick this year to complete the deal. It was a conditional choice that elevated from a sixth-round selection to a fifth-round selection based upon playing time, according to the Buffalo Bills’ official Web site.”

The New York Daily News has the word on former Seahawks draft choice Mike Teel becoming the QB coach at Wagner College, whose nickname also happens to be the Seahawks: “Teel, who led Rutgers to three bowl victories during his college career, served as the quarterbacks coach at Division III Kean University last season when the Cougars posted a 10-2 record and were ranked No. 10 in the country in D3Football.com’s final poll.”

Brian McIntyre at ESPN.com takes a look at the offseason needs for each of the teams in the NFC West. It’s an “Insiders” feature and requires registration and a fee to view the entire article, but he’s a snippet of what he has the say about the Seahawks: “Since taking over in 2010, Pete Carroll and John Schneider have done a good job of retooling the Seattle defense. The Seahawks’ defense ranked 29th with a DVOA of 15.0 percent in 2010, a figure that improved to minus-3.1 percent in 2011, good enough to rank in the Top 10. (Like points allowed or yards allowed, defensive DVOA is better when it is lower.) The secondary has been completely overhauled, and it placed three players in the 2011 Pro Bowl.”

Also at ESPN.com, Mel Kiper has his second mock draft. It’s also an “Insider” feature, but here’s who he has the Seahawks selecting: “Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina: Some see the Seahawks looking at a QB this high, but the value doesn’t make a lot of sense for me just yet. On the defensive side of the ball, the big need is help for the pass rush. Ingram has enough size to hold up in the 4-3, and will provide an upgrade. The Seattle defense is really fast, and could become dynamic if it can generate more pressure on opposing passers. If (Boston College LB Luke) Kuechly is still here, I can also see that pick, but the development of K.J. Wright makes Ingram a good target.” Kiper has Kuechly going to the Chiefs at the pick just before the Seahawks, but who picks 11th and who picks 12th will be determined by a coin flip at the NFL Scouting Combine next week.

As for the give-us-this-day-our-daily-Peyton-Manning item, Don Banks at SI.com reports that the Colts’ iconic QB had a fourth procedure on his troublesome neck: “In addition, league sources say Manning’s neck has potentially developed bone spurs just above the point where his latest fusion surgery took place in early September, and the Colts organization is under the belief that it is nearly inevitable Manning will at some point require further surgery, and possibly another fusion procedure, even if he does successfully return to the field in 2012. It’s unclear how any potential long-term neck issues will impact Manning’s decision to attempt a resumption of his NFL playing career later this year.”


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